Biography

Arno Geiger grew up in the Austrian Alps, in a village overlooking Lake Constance. His grandparents were farmers, his father was the local government clerk and his mother a primary school teacher. He studied German and comparative literature at university and his debut novel appeared in 1997. In October 2005, he was the recipient of the first German Book Prize for his novel We are Doing Fine and his writing has won numerous other prizes. First published in 2011, his autobiographical The Old King in His Exile has now, with this translation into English, been translated into 28 languages. He is married and lives in Vienna.

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Reviews

Catherine Taylor
Financial Times

‘This quietly devastating memoir . . . charts with considerable discernment not only [Geiger’s] father’s decline but the late-blooming closeness of their relationship. Tobler’s restrained translation captures the acuity and wit of the original. As a writer, Geiger’s instinct is to make sense of language, to find a meaningful literary parallel even in his father’s simplest comments.’


Times Literary Supplement

‘Poignantly rendered . . . There is a lathe-like precision to Geiger’s writing. The psychological insights in The Old King in His Exile are acute.’


The Sunday Express S Magazine

‘A delightful memoir of dementia sounds impossible until you read The Old King In His Exile, now available in English thanks to this winning translation. A book that will warm you right through.’


The Scotsman

‘Life-affirming, funny and generous; a roadmap to help navigate the most disorienting territory. [Geiger] finds a way, in spite of the disease, to connect with his father and in doing so he understands something more clearly about life. We’re fortunate that Geiger has been generous enough to share these precious lessons with the rest of us.’


The Spectator

‘A tender, clear-eyed account . . . This is not an Alzheimer’s handbook, but it does contain useful advice.’

Sally Magnusson, author of Where Memories Go: Why Dementia Changes Everything

‘A wise and beautiful story of dementia and a family learning how to love.’

Robert Seethaler

‘There are books that speak directly from one person to another. The Old King in His Exile is one of them. Every life is worth living, as Arno Geiger shows in his wise and deeply moving book about his father and Alzheimer’s.’

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